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HTC rules out prospect of the One (M8 Eye) heading to Europe
The 13-megapixel version of the HTC One M8, the One (M8 Eye) was made official earlier this month, after it appeared on HTC’s Chinese online store. It was also reportedly heading to India, and many were hoping that the smartphone would land on shelves outside of Asia sometime soon. Sadly that doesn’t look to be the case.
HTC representatives have said that the HTC One (M8 Eye) won’t be coming to Germany, Austria or Switzerland, which suggests that the rest of Europe if off the cards too. The reason being that the handset was designed with specific markets in mind, mainly India according to the representatives.
That’s not to say that HTC wants to ship an inferior product to Western consumers. It was pointed out that the M8 Eye lacks some features found on the regular HTC One M8, such as infrared.
The sentiment seems to be that the two handsets are optimised for which features HTC believes consumers in each market prefer, and neither is meant as a replacement to the other. We’ve seen Samsung make a similar move with its high speed LTE Galaxy S5. But are they right to make these sort of assumptions?
Would you rather have the option of a 13 megapixel snapper over infrared? Theoretically of course, as it doesn’t look like the One (M8 Eye) will ever leave China or India. Remember, there’s always the One (E8) and Desire Eye to satisfy your photography needs.